Category: CW News – expired

Resourceful Servants kicks off second year

Rostered ministers have until October 14, 2018 to apply for possible matching funds for both an emergency savings account and retirement plan. Eligible rostered ministers should have received an email already. If not, you can follow up at resourcefulservants.org. Resourceful Servants kicks off its second year Financial wellness is a vital component in our endeavor to …

Read more

Fear not – Presiding Bishop Eaton

I’m leaving for my first trip to Holden Village, a retreat center near Chelan, Wash. I’ve heard about this Lutheran Shangri-La for years. I have sung and played the Holden Evening Prayer in many settings. I’m excited. The theme verse for the week I’ll be in residence is “Fear not,” which is part of a …

Read more

Three Sides Podcast

The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to …

Read more

LivingLutheran Stories – September 4, 2018

The sabbath lesson in Christopher Robin In the first 15 minutes of the new film Christopher Robin, the title character does the following: decides he’s too old to continue playing with Winnie the Pooh and his other friends in the … continue ELCA school builds culture of peace Editor’s note: With global migration on the rise and …

Read more

ELCA Global Links

‘Thad’s Story’ – discerning vocation through YAGM Meet Thad, a young leader who dedicated a year of his life to service with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary through ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM). Watch Thad talk about the impact the YAGM program had on his life and vocational call. With 80 participants beginning their …

Read more

Ginger Zee to Headline LSSI Gala

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) will honor ABC Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee at its 37th Annual Amicus Certus Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Union League Club of Chicago. In her recent memoir, Natural Disaster: I Cover Them, I am One, Zee details her struggle with clinical depression and in doing so, offers …

Read more

Seeds Monthly – August 2018

Introducing ‘Three Sides Podcast’ “Three Sides” is a new monthly podcast featuring stories from the ELCA. As a church that believes God is calling us into the world – together, “Three Sides” will share diverse voices from across this church. Typically, it’s said there are two sides to every story. But often a middle or …

Read more

Bringing the Gathering Home

Post-Gathering materials Our post-Gathering materials are ready! The Gathering shouldn’t just stay in Houston. It needs to be brought home and shared and lived. It’s too much a part of each of our stories to let it stop on July 1! These resources are designed to help your group think about how they will continue …

Read more

ELCA seeks an Executive Director for Domestic Mission

The ELCA is searching for an Executive Director for Domestic Mission. A copy of the Position Profile is below. This senior leadership position brings decisive and visionary leadership to this unit charged with wide-ranging work and relationships with churchwide units, synods, congregations, and other partners. The work involves equipping synods and congregations; developing new ministries, seeking to renew strategic ministries; and working with synods and congregations in …

Read more

ELCA Foundation seeks a Director of Gift Planning

The ELCA Foundation is searching for a Director of Gift Planning. A copy of the Position Profile is below. There are two key responsibilities for this leadership position: Through the direct supervision of a national staff of about 20 regional gift planners (coaching and managing), lead and manage a robust fund-raising program to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospective donors of current …

Read more

We are the branches – Presiding Bishop Eaton

We are the branches: In her August column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, asks, “Is it possible to be Lutheran and an ecumenist?” Yes, of course. For we are “scripturally, confessionally and even constitutionally wired to be an ecumenical church.” Read her column in English at https://bit.ly/2MhhULu and in Spanish at https://bit.ly/2ORpQ7X.

Read more

Seeds Monthly – July 2018

2021 ELCA Youth Gathering to be held in Minneapolis From June 27 to July 1, more than 30,000 youth and adult leaders met in Houston for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grew in faith and were challenged and inspired to live …

Read more

Annual Enrollment Heads Up!

Your Partner in Ministry Greetings from Portico! It’s hard to believe … Annual Enrollment season is already approaching. In mid-August, we’ll be emailing you information about 2019 rates, specific dates, and a link to your 2019 Custom Comparison Report! Here’s a quick overview: September — When your organization decides which health benefit option to offer …

Read more

ELCA Worship News July 2018

Greetings, In the June edition of Worship News, the ELCA Worship staff was very busy preparing for having a presence in the Interactive Center at the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston. We are now on the other side of that event and wow, what rich and full days they were! It was a joy for …

Read more

Living Lutheran July 24, 2018

Reading Scripture with questions engaged Growing up as an evangelical Christian in the Bible Belt, Rachel Held Evans used to love reading the Bible. But as her faith changed, she grew weary of the black-and-white interpretation of her. … continue Health volunteers offer care, encounter grace “We were infused with the grace of God right away …

Read more

ELCA Disability Ministries Newsletter July 2018

Thank you for taking the time to read the summer edition of the ELCA Disability Ministries Newsletter! I’m Chris, editor of the newsletter and member of the Disability Ministries team, here to share what we’re part of this summer. Summer is a time to strengthen the bonds of community and fellowship by spending time with …

Read more

WELCA News – Reminder: Summer is a great time of year

Raising awareness about human trafficking Women of the ELCA staff and volunteers spent the last days of June (and the first day of July) in Houston at the ELCA Youth Gathering raising awareness about human trafficking. Two organizations in the area are receiving the hygiene kits assembled by 30,000-plus youth at the gathering. Your donations to pay …

Read more

LivingLutheran Stories – July 10, 2018

Deeply engaged, boldly acting Last week, more than 350 ELCA clergy and lay people sent a letter titled #MoreThanStatements to ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and the ELCA Church Council encouraging the church to take bold … continue   Summer not-to-do list for Lutheran parents I want to experience the goodness that summer has to offer, …

Read more

Augsburg Fortress Music Newsletter – June 2018

Attending AGO? We look forward to the opportunity to visit with many of you at the biennial national conference of The American Guild of Organists in Kansas City. This conference is always a highlight for us! Be sure to attend our reading session on Friday from 11 AM – 11:45 AM in the Empire Room. …

Read more

Seeds Monthly – June 2018

Watch live video from the ELCA Youth Gathering The ELCA Youth Gathering starts next week! If you’re interested in seeing what our youth are experiencing, you can watch live video from the event. Throughout the week, all video will be available on the Youth Gathering homepage at ELCA.org/gathering. The ELCA Youth Gathering will be livestreaming: MYLE …

Read more

ELCA Worship News: June 2018

Greetings, It is a busy summer for the ELCA Worship staff. In a few days we will join 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders at the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston. As part of Interactive Learning, we will have a large booth exploring, with Gathering participants, the variety of ways that we participate …

Read more

Living Lutheran Stories – June 19, 2018

The faith of my grandfathers Last year, in the span of six months, I lost both of my grandfathers. Each left behind families forever enriched by their legacies of love. Their funerals—the tears, the eulogies, the memories … continue Lutherans join Muslim neighbors for Ramadan iftars For the past month, Muslims worldwide have been observing the …

Read more

ELCA Global Links – June 2018

‘Hope Rising in Juba, South Sudan’ In November 2017, the Reconciliation Lutheran Church Community Center and Primary Health Care Clinic opened its doors in Juba, South Sudan, as thousands gathered to worship and celebrate. Hear from those involved in the opening as they share their insights about the impact they envision the center will have in the …

Read more

News from Luther Seminary – June 2018

A Global Community of Leaders and Innovators Summer intensives have just kicked off here at Luther Seminary, drawing our entire community to campus to study, connect, and worship together—including distributed learning students from all over the United States and world. How Luther’s Full-Tuition Jubilee Scholarship for All Incoming M.A. and M.Div. Students Will Reduce Student Debt …

Read more

We Know the Truth – Presiding Bishop

We know the truth: In her June column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton compares her father’s experience following the war to that of African American soldiers. And knowing the truth of such realities, she writes, means “we have to do something about it.” Read her column in English at https://bit.ly/2LuPDjK and in Spanish at https://bit.ly/2xUFYBb.

Read more

2018 Maryland Flooding

Lutheran Disaster Response On the evening Tuesday, May 15th, a storm dropped 6.5 inches of rain in just a few hours on areas of Frederick and Washington Counties in western MD. Local Lutheran Disaster Response affiliate, Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries reported that over 60 water rescues were made and, more than 80 people were stranded for hours …

Read more

GiftLegacy eNewsletter June 2, 2018

PERSONAL PLANNER Caring for Minor Children “Who would take our children? I am not sure anyone would be willing to take them,” remarked Shelly to her attorney, Jim. “It’s not that they aren’t good children. They are all fine, but there are 11 of them! If something happens to Pat and me, who will take… Read …

Read more

LivingLutheran Stories June 5, 2018

I’m a Lutheran leader: Ryan K. Hostler This year we’re putting an emphasis on stories that highlight leadership and leaders from around the ELCA. “I’m a Lutheran leader” is an online feature that highlights the many ways people … continue The light shines in the darkness—but it’s complicated Kaethe Schwehn has been writing about faith throughout …

Read more

A sneak peak of new Lutheran center in South Sudan

  Dear friends in Christ,   In 2015, an idea was born. It was an idea that brought together people from across the world’s newest nation, South Sudan, and across the ELCA. It became more than just an idea as prayers were lifted, funds were raised, shovels broke ground and bricks were laid! The Reconciliation …

Read more

Augsburg Fortress Summer Music Clinics

Summer Music Clinics from Augsburg Fortress This summer, join other church musicians in exploring fresh and innovative ways to enliven music in worship. Summer Music Clinics are designed for everyone involved in creating and planning music for worship. Connect with other church musicians while previewing new seasonal music, discover ways to refresh worship with new …

Read more

Sparkhouse June Newsletter

Keep faith growing this summer! We believe in continuing faith formation all year – not just during the school year – which is why we are excited to share with you our new Frolic Summer Book Club! The Frolic Summer Book Club features a series of FREE activities that you can share with your little ones to help them …

Read more

Living Lutheran Stories May 29, 2018

Sacred ground, deadly violence: Reflections on Gaza Editor’s note: Ongoing protests in Gaza for the “Right of Return” escalated on May 14, the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, and on May 15, when the U.S. Embassy relocated in Jerusalem. … continue Graceful engagement The term “intersectionality” has been in use for about 30 …

Read more

ELCA Worship News May 2018

“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:4). “What’s gotten into you?” It is a question I have heard asked by the frustrated parent to the child who misbehaves, or to the addict who shoots up once more, or the spouse who sails through life on their bottom lip. It is often said …

Read more

Living Lutheran May 22, 2018

I’m a Lutheran leader: Garth Englund III This year we’re putting an emphasis on stories that highlight leadership and leaders from around the ELCA. “I’m a Lutheran leader” is a monthly online feature that highlights the many ways … continue From pilgrimage to Pentecost Pentecost didn’t happen only once. The noise intensified. The joy palpable. Community …

Read more

Seeds Monthly – May 2018

Living Lutheran: ‘Mercy and addiction’ Overdose deaths from prescription opioids were five times higher in 2016 than 1999, and sales have quadrupled, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People of faith and houses of worship are not immune to this crisis. In Living Lutheran’s May cover story, Wendy Healy writes about how the …

Read more

Resources for “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday

Dear colleagues in ministry, Many of you are already making plans for “God’s work. Our hands.” Sundayon Sept. 9. New resources are now available to help you organize and prepare. You will find the resources you need to plan your activities and worship, invite your neighbors and promote within your community. There are videos to watch and share for inspiration. New …

Read more

GiftLegacy eNewsletter May 19, 2018

PERSONAL PLANNER Important Life Decisions “How can I plan?” asked Mary. “We just sold our home and bought a retirement condo. Our older child just moved across the country and our younger child will be getting married later this year.” Read More   SAVVY LIVING How to Choose a Good Estate Sale Company Can you provide …

Read more

Living Lutheran Stories – May 15, 2018

Bishops-elect reflect on historic votes Last weekend, following her election as the ELCA’s first female African-descent synod bishop, Patricia Davenport was reminded of a hymn her congregation sings, “For Everyone Born” by Shirley … continue Let the little children come Instead of wrestling with their parents in the back pews during worship, toddlers at Grace Lutheran …

Read more

God loves – Presiding Bishop Eaton

In her May column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton writes: “Jesus loves his own and loves us to the end.” And, she notes, Jesus makes it possible for us to do the same. Read her column in English at https://bit.ly/2w8NZSe and in Spanish at https://bit.ly/2jlilYt.

Read more

Living Lutheran Stories – April 24

God’s grand creation Even with our extended winter this year, the bluebirds are back and choosing their nesting sites, which, for me, means that “spring has sprung!” One of the primary ways I enjoy participating in … continue   The spirit of God on the move Editor’s note: With global migration on the rise and cultural polarization …

Read more

G-News – Howdy Partner

Gathering partners Curious who are partners are? See who we’re working with! Check out our Interactive Learning partners and the ministries that will be present during your Interactive Learning Day. You can also see the many partners in Houston that we’re working with for Service Learning at the Gathering. See all the great things the city is doing and …

Read more

Seeds Monthly – April 2018

Living Lutheran: “The ‘e’ word” Connotations of the word “evangelical” have led some Lutherans to distance themselves from the term or to distinguish from cultural evangelicals by using a different pronunciation. So why does the ELCA have the word “evangelical” in its name? It goes back to the core of Lutheran identity, as “evangelical” comes …

Read more

GiftLegacy eNewsletter April 28, 2018

PERSONAL PLANNER Zero-Tax Cash and Trust About 15 years ago Linda’s father passed away. As her inheritance, she received a commercial lot that was a mile outside of town. At the time she received the inherited property, it was worth about $100,000. Read More SAVVY LIVING Simple Steps to Protect Yourself from Skin Cancer Is skin …

Read more